Class 1

Team Management

Ashley Gilliver
Team Leader
Ash is currently studying his 5th year in MEng Mechanical Engineering after successfully returning from a year in industry. He has been chosen as the Team Leader for this year and is planning to rely upon his project management experience gained throughout his placement year to ensure the team will deliver a highly competitive car.
Rahul Mohan
Chief Engineer
Rahul is in his final year of his Masters programme studying an MEng Mechanical Engineering with an Industrial Placement Year. His role within the team is to liaise with sub-teams and workshop staff to ensure a competitive car is suitably manufactured, built on time and in line with the design objectives for the Formula Student event held at Silverstone. Rahul completed a year long Industry placement with JLG Industries and is hoping to use the knowledge he gained through his placement to successfully direct the overall assembly of SR18.
Tim Falk
Commercial Director
Tim is responsible for handling the finances of the project, finding and securing sponsorship and maintaining an effective working relationship with our current sponsors.
James Bratt
Logistics Director
James is Logistics Director for Mobil 1 Sussex Racing in 2018. This role involves organising all external events that the team are involved with, such as displaying the car at events and the launch party of the 2018 car. He is also organiser of the university widening participation days that the team put on for local schools to encourage interest in higher education and engineering. The final part of the role is organising the team for competition at Silverstone in the summer, which includes the pit lane, campsite and transport of the team.
Ryan Oakley
Communications Director
Ryan is in the final year of his Mechanical Engineering MEng course after returning from an Industrial Placement last year. He is the Communications Director for the Mobil 1 Sussex Racing 2018 team. This involves ensuring that our brand is maintained in all our external contact, whilst also publicising the team to as wide an audience as possible. He is also overseeing our website design and all social media communication over the year.

Vehicle Dynamics

Tim Falk
Head of Vehicle Dynamics | Rear Wheel Assemblies
Tim is head of Vehicle Dynamics and responsible for the design and manufacture of the rear wheel assemblies. It is Tim’s responsibility to ensure all components within his department are manufactured within budget, to time and satisfy the design objectives. Alongside his leadership role he is working towards the objective of manufacturing the rear uprights and hubs to be as light as possible whilst maintaining structural integrity.
James Bratt
Steering & Seating
As part of the Vehicle Dynamics sub-team, James’s role is to design a steering system that works well at low speed, in tight corners and gives good driver feedback allowing for fast lap times. James also has to ensure that all parts of the cockpit are designed ergonomically for the driver, which includes the harness, seat and steering wheel
Ryan Oakley
Front Wheel Assemblies & Braking
Ryan is in the final year of his Mechanical Engineering MEng course after returning from an Industrial Placement last year. Within the Vehicle Dynamics team he will be undertaking the design of the front uprights and hubs as well as sourcing the wheels and tyres. The main objective is to reduce the weight of both designs in comparison to previous years and to improve or match the overall strength of each component. He will be using Finite Element Analysis software to test the design before moving onto the manufacturing phase. In addition to this he is also designing the brake system and bespoke brake discs in an attempt to increase performance by improving braking, allow the car to brake later, shaving valuable seconds off each lap.
Yuma Gervasi
Front Suspension
Yuma is working on the front suspension for the SR18 car and will be aiming to make improvements on the handling and practical aspects of the car. Suspension is a crucial part of the car. It connects the tires to the chassis and is responsible for the way the car behaves in all dynamic scenarios. The suspension will use knowledge taken from previous year’s designs along with innovative ideas and theoretical models in order to maximise the characteristics of the design.
Oli Huggett
Rear Suspension
Oli is a Mechanical Engineering MEng student in the 5th and final year of studies who completed an Industrial Placement year at EDF Energy. His role in the Vehicle Dynamics team is to design the rear suspension, and he is aiming to reduce body roll through the use of an anti-roll bar to ensure a more precise handling car for SR18.

Vehicle Integration

Oladapo Oleyami
Head of Vehicle Integration | Rear Diffuser, Under-tray & Side Pods
Dapo is currently studying a Masters within in Mechanical Engineering. His involvement in Formula student began in his third year and now he is head of Vehicle Integration. Areas under his supervision involve the vehicle chassis, aerodynamics and bodywork, where he overlooks his sub-team ensuring expectations and deadlines are being met. Dapo’s plan for aerodynamics this year is to work from the ground up. By utilising his Computational fluid dynamics skills, he is looking to exploit ground effects to his benefit and create an under tray and rear diffuser capable of generating significant downforce with low drag. Dapo and his aerodynamic team is looking to improve the car’s handling performance and cornering capabilities, thus reduce lap times for the dynamic events.
Ashley Gilliver
Chassis
Ash is currently studying his 5th year in MEng Mechanical Engineering after successfully returning from a year in industry. He is responsible for the design of the chassis, as well as ensuring it correctly interfaces with the rest of the car. This year the chassis will be a tubular space frame with design goals to minimise body roll whilst also allowing for easy access to all components of the car. Our choice to go with the smaller engine has allowed for a smaller and more nimble chassis allowing us to shave even more weight off of the car.
James Higdon
Front Splitter
James is in his final year of study for MEng Mechanical Engineering, and this is his first year being involved with Mobil 1 Sussex Racing. His role within the Vehicle Integration sub-team is to design the body of the car, and the front splitter. Utilising CAD and CFD software the design of the body will be optimised to have the best aerodynamic performance whilst being aesthetically pleasing. The front splitter will be designed to compensate the rearward downforce created from the undertray and rear diffuser, to create a more aerodynamically balanced vehicle. James is also involved in powertrain sub team where his role will be focused on designing a compact and light fuel system.

Powertrain

Joe Burrowes
Head of Powertrain | Intake
Joe is in the final year of his MEng Mechanical Engineering course at Sussex and this year’s Powertrain Sub-Team Leader. Within this role he will have to oversee and manage the smooth production of the Powertrain for the SR18 car. Good time and budget management is key within the role, as the build time has to adhere to pre-set deadlines to ensure the Powertrain is built on schedule. Joe's responsibility within the sub-team is to design an optimised intake manifold suitable for the chosen single-cylinder KTM 450 SX-F engine. This entails the use of engine modelling, CAD and CFD software to fully optimise the intake manifold for the restricted airflow.
Rahul Mohan
Drivetrain
Rahul's project within the team is to design and optimise the drivetrain system for the car. He is looking to use his industry experience as a Student Powertrain Design Engineer to specify and design a competitive setup for the various Formula Student Dynamic events.
Oli Huggett
Cooling
Oli is a Mechanical Engineering MEng student in the 5th and final year of studies who completed an Industrial Placement year at EDF Energy. His role in the Powertrain team is to ensure an effective cooling system is in place, with the new KTM 450 SX-F engine for SR18 it is going to be imperative that the cooling system is correctly specified to avoid over heating during the long idle times between events.
Will Riordan
Exhaust & CAM Upgrade
Will is part of the powertrain sub-team, specifically he is designing the exhaust system and investigating the optimisation of the valve timing. His project involves creating a 1-Dimensional engine simulation of the KTM 450 SX-F in Ricardo Wave, this model can predict the behaviour of the restricted engine. Once calibrated, the model can be used to optimise the exhaust and the valve timings to increase volumetric efficiency in the ideal speed range. Overall, the aim is to reduce the negative impacts of the restrictor, by maximising volumetric efficiency for an optimum torque curve.
James Higdon
Fuel System
James is in his final year of study for MEng Mechanical Engineering, and is his first year being involved with Mobil1 Sussex Racing. His role within the Powertrain sub-team will be focused on designing a compact and light fuel system.

 

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